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Cliff Odenwald named UIL Associate Athletic Director

Media Contact: Kim Rogers
Phone: 512-471-5883

Date: Jun 08, 2007
Category: Athletics


Cliff Odenwald, Plano ISD director of athletics since 2003, has been named associate athletic director of the University Interscholastic League, it was announced Friday.

Odenwald will fill the newly created position to oversee statewide steroid testing and coordinate UIL athletic activities.

“It is both an honor and a privilege to be asked to serve the students of Texas in this capacity with the University Interscholastic League. The UIL is regarded as a model of excellence across the nation for overseeing extracurricular activities. I look forward to this opportunity to work with UIL member schools as we implement steroid testing and education programs.”

Throughout his career in Texas athletics, Odenwald served as an athletic director for two school districts over 14 years and coached football for 16 years. While at Plano ISD, he implemented district-wide steroid education programs and was responsible for UIL rule compliance. Odenwald previously served as assistant athletic director at Garland ISD, and was head football coach at Garland Naaman Forest High School and McMurry University. He is a member of the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association, where he served as president for two years and has represented the THSADA as a member of the Texas Coalition for Extracurricular Activities.

Odenwald received a bachelor's degree from McMurry University and his Masters degree from Abilene Christian University. While attending McMurry University, he was a three-year letterman in football and was elected team captain and named all conference defensive lineman. He is a graduate of Reicher Catholic High School, where he lettered in football and track.

“Cliff Odenwald brings to the League a commitment to excellence that he has shown in his work with the students of Texas throughout his career,” said UIL Assistant Director and Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “Through his work with the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association and his experience with UIL rules and steroid education programs, we are confident that he is the right person for this position. His integrity and dedication to his profession are unmatched, and the League is privileged to have him.”

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